Nishma Mistry has only just started her IOSH e-learning course – but it’s already benefiting her day job as a SHE Business Partner at Transport for London (TFL).
As someone quite new to occupational safety and health (OSH), she chose the Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business to gain a good foundation.
Nishma said: “With IOSH’s course, you really can apply what you learn to your role. It gives you up-to-date information, tips, and some of the tasks have a checklist for you to look at your business and see where you can improve.
“It benefits you because you’re increasing your knowledge as well as those you work with, as you’re constantly enhancing safety.”
This is Nishma’s first foray into e-learning and she benefited from tutor guidance to navigate the process.
“One of the tutors took me through the different steps and it was nice and simple. You do your reading and research, fill out your learner log and at the end you have an assessment.”
Nishma also reached out to the “welcoming and knowledgeable” IOSH Future Leaders Community, made up of new and aspiring OSH professionals, to swap study tips.
She feels “very lucky” to have gained a space on the course after hearing about if from the London Metropolitan Branch Chair Rhaynukaa Soni.
“This is my step up and it’s great that there’s a professional body which offers the support and opportunity for newcomers such as myself,” she said.
Nishma joined IOSH as a Student Member last summer to ensure she’s as effective as possible in her role in TFL’s newly formed Safety, Health and Environment directorate.
This is her first OSH job – with academic qualifications in accountancy and finance and a career in project management, working in OSH didn’t cross her mind. That’s until she secured a secondment with TFL’s Vision Zero team.
“Our aim is to deliver the Mayor of London’s strategy to eliminate death and serious injury on London’s roads by 2041,” said Nishma. “I really enjoy my role. It’s the feeling you get that you’re really making a difference and helping to save lives.”
Now she’s on the OSH career ladder, Nishma’s ambitions include moving into a senior management position.
“I plan to work hard, get my qualifications, really learn, drive some difference and then hopefully I’ll be ready to pass on that knowledge to someone else,” she said.
“Plus, you don’t see many females in the safety sector. It’s changing and our Safety, Health and Environment director is female, which is great, but some people may feel intimidated because of the previously male-oriented culture. I want to make sure that I can open doors for other women.”
She also plans to stay with IOSH. “One hundred per cent I want to progress my membership. I am grateful to IOSH and want to give back when I’m at the right level,” added Nishma.